A woman sitting down with hand on the side of her face with text "Diabetes Fatigue Syndrome"

What is fatigue? Is it being tired after a long day at work or not getting enough sleep? The answer is “no.” Fatigue and tiredness are not the same. When someone is tired, he or she usually feels better after resting. When a person has persistent fatigue, rest may not relieve the feeling of exhaustion.

Diabetes changes the blood. To gain a better perspective, imagine someone without diabetes. The blood flows more like water.  Now think of someone with diabetes. The blood seems to move more like syrup. It’s harder for the cells to flow through the bloodstream to provide energy and oxygen to parts of the body, including the brain. Fatigue in diabetes is not uncommon and occurs for several reasons. High and low blood sugars can cause tiredness. 

Here are a few of the causes of fatigue in regards to diabetes:

  • OverweightSleep disorders
  • Poor eating habits
  • Stress

The Diabetes Council suggests a visit with a primary care physician to make sure the causes of fatigue are not due to other underlying health conditions.  Preventing fatigue can be a challenge. Here are some things to consider to help with fatigue:

  • Keep blood sugars in a normal range
  • Take power naps
  • Limit stress
  • Get enough sleep
  • Exercise regularly
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